Lang Lang

Piano

The pianist Lang Lang, who has been heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, has played sold out concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and the leading US-american orchestras. Resulting from his great success, renowned Time Magazine has included Lang Lang in the “Time 100”, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, more than four billion people around the world watched Lang Lang perform at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he represented the youth of China and its future.

Lang Lang started playing the piano aged three. He won the Shenyang Competition and gave his first public recital by the time he was five and entered Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory aged nine. At age 13, he played the complete Chopin Etudes at the Beijing Concert Hall and won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition. He left for the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and had his break through aged 17 when he was called to make a dramatic last-minute substitution for the famous Andre Watts to perform in the “Gala Of The Century”, playing the first piano concerto by Tchaikovsky with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. It made him what journalists like to call an “overnight star” and the world’s finest concert halls quickly beckoned.

Since then, Lang Lang has formed enduring musical partnerships with the world’s greatest artists, among them conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Christoph Eschenbach. Moreover, he constantly aims for exchange with non-classical musicians – examples for these collaborations include his performances at the GRAMMY Awards with Metallica and Pharrell Williams as well as with jazz titan Herbie Hancock, that were watched by millions on the TV screens. For his CD- and DVD-recordings, Lang Lang has been awarded multiple prizes, including eight ECHO Klassik awards in Germany alone, most recently for his recording of Mozart’s piano concertos with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic.

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